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A Few Tips For Planning Your Alaskan Cruise

Aug 17, 2007
About half a dozen different cruise lines offer Alaskan cruises. There are several things to consider when planning your Alaskan cruise. A very important component is the length of the cruise. You don't want to book a 7 day cruise if you only have a 5 day vacation. Also, check to make sure the departure date is compatible with when you can travel.

Price can be a big factor in choosing a cruise. Different rooms offer different prices ranging from around $500 to over $4,000. Make sure you book a room and a cruise that fits within your budget. Check around with different travel agents and booking services both online and offline to find the best rate. You might be surprised at the amount of money you can save to buy souvenirs.

Unlike Caribbean cruises, you probably won't be planning to pack only a swimsuit on your Alaskan cruise. So, what should you pack? Alaskan weather can be unpredictable to a certain extent. However, some factors are fairly common. For instance, rain is common between the months of May and September. This is also when the majority of Alaskan cruises take place. This would make an umbrella or raincoat a good idea to bring along.

Alaska can also surprise you with a cooler spell, so make sure to bring a sweater along, just in case. Most Alaskan cruises will have a Captain's Gala, which is a formal dinner. Pack one formal dress or suit for this occasion since you won't want to be the only one in casual dress.

During the summer, Alaska has a lot of daylight. This means that you will have a longer period of time to tan ' or burn. Bring sunscreen. Turning the color of a lobster is a surefire way to put a damper on an otherwise terrific cruise. Above all, don't forget your camera. An Alaskan cruise is something that you will want to remember, so bring your camera and use it.

Just because your in Alaska doesn't mean you should leave the swimsuit at home. Pack your swimsuit along with some cool summer outfits. Keep in mind that springtime in Alaska can be downright cold, though, so know what the weather is expected to be during your cruise.

Alaska is a hotspot for mosquitoes, so remember to pack your insect repellant. Unlike most cruises, an Alaskan cruise can be complicated to pack for. However, you will enjoy your cruise to the fullest if you are fully prepared.
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